Desperate bid to save drowned toddler

2015-07-28 12:46
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Durban - Paramedics spent nearly two hours desperately trying to revive a 3-year-old girl who had fallen into a swimming pool at her KwaZulu-Natal home on Monday night.

Their efforts were in vain, with the toddler declared dead at the poolside of the Salt Rock home.

Quentin Power, of the Specialised Rescue Unit, said that the bid to save the girl's life had taken an emotional toll.

“From what we established her mother was at home and being early evening, was making dinner when she noticed that the little girl wasn’t with her. When she went to look she found the sliding door that leads to the garden and pool was ajar,” he said.

“She went out and found the little one at the bottom of the pool and she jumped in and pulled her out, screaming for help. Her two young sons came and then one of them ran to a granny cottage on the property and managed to get assistance, with the tenant raising the alarm,” Power added.  

“I was just around the corner and I was there in a couple of minutes and the ambulance was just behind me. When I arrived on scene the mother and her tenant were doing CPR and then I took over with two other chaps from our rescue unit. CPR was sustained for nearly two hours.

“Most of us know the family and our kids are friends with their kids. It was an emotional scene and it was very draining. Even now, a day afterwards, we are still all taking stock and it definitely has taken its toll,” he said.

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